Christopher St John Sprigg

Christopher St John Sprigg (1907 - 1937) came from a family of writers and journalists. He was a newspaper reporter, short-story writer, magazine editor, advertising director, non-fiction and author and poet before he published his first detective novel at the age of 25. Sprigg published six detective novels between 1933 and 1935 (a seventh was published posthumously) before his dead in the Spanish Civil war in February 1937.

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Dorothy Bowers

Dorothy Bowers (1901 - 1948) wrote 5 detective novels over a ten year period. Seen by many contemporaries as the logical successor to Dorothy L Sayers, her books were intricately plotted with clues subtly planted throughout the narrative. She was a perceptive writer for whom adept characterisation held equal importance to plot. She was only writer selected for the Detection Club in 1948, but passed away from tuberculosis later that year.

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The detective story is the normal recreation of noble minds.

Philip Guedalla

Very few of us are what we seem.

Agatha Christie

"Stop talking. Can't you see I'm detecting?"

Ngaio Marsh, Death in Ecstasy